The Art of Stillness

The Art of Stillness

Adventures in Going Nowhere

Audiobook CD - 2014
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The Art of Stillness considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counter-intuitive truth: The more ways people have to connect, the more they seem desperate to unplug. There is even a growing trend toward observing an 'Internet sabbath' every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning and reviving those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Simon & Schuster Audio,, [2014]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ²014
ISBN: 9781442375840
Branch Call Number: CD BK 158 IYE
Characteristics: 2 audio discs (approximately 120 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Iyer, Pico Art of stillness
Alternative Title: Adventures in going nowhere


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Dec 10, 2018

Its message is apt for the age. Its best appreciated as an essay (why don't they make audiobooks from Hazlitt, Russell, or even Grayling?) rather than a guide, though it does have an encouraging effect. Its stylistic qualities maintain one's interest and attention, though much of it is just humble-bragging filler.

ArapahoeJane Jul 23, 2018

This book does a fine job of "selling" stillness. It's a quick read (could be finished on a daily commute, if you face heavy traffic). My friends' joked that it didn't seem to have any impact on me (17,000 steps yesterday per my Fitbit). Still (no pun intended), it was a pleasant read and made great sense. I learned something about Thomas Merton that I didn't know (how's that for a cliffhanger?)...

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